Cupid’s bow is poised and ready to fill hearts with affection this Valentine’s Day, but candle lit dinners, a night at the cinema, and countryside walks can start to wear a little thin with even the hardened romantics among us!
Here's our pick of the top 5 alternative activities to keep you all loved up on Valentine’s Day…
1. Build a Love Nest
13th – 17th February is National Nestbox Week so come along with your beloved to RSPB Minsmere Nature Reserve and make your own love nest... for birds!
Take some wood, a hammer and nails and get building! Not only will you be testing your hammering skills, but your bird knowledge as well. Afterwards, you can take your nestbox home with you; a lasting memory of your romantic day together! The cost is just £5 per nestbox, plus usual reserve entry fees. No booking required.
2. There is no sincerer love, than the love of food
What better way to spend a few hours with your loved one than kneading dough at a Pizza Masterclass hosted by Two Magpies Bakery in Southwold (22nd and 23rd February). Choose a topping to tantilise your taste buds, before watching your creation bake in the oven. Once it's cooked, sit in the cafe and toast your hard work with a glass of wine and enjoy the fruits of your labour; a pizza masterpiece!
3. Get your heart racing
Fast track your love-life this Valentine’s Day and head over to Beacon Rally Karts at Beacon Farm, close to the Suffolk market town of Woodbridge. There’s nothing quite as exhilarating as speeding along in an open framed rally kart, sitting just inches from the ground.
At Beacon Farm you can choose between 3 different tracks ranging in size and difficulty – Challenge your beloved to cross the finish line first... And the romantic bit? Your loved one will need a lot of consoling when they lose!
4. Woo at the Zoo
A visit to Africa Alive! in Kessingland, near Lowestoft is sure to stir up your animal instincts! The park is open daily (even during winter months) from 9.30am to 4pm.
This year you can book a Meet the Meercats Experience for just £25 per couple (excludes admission). You will enter their enclosure with one of the keepers and watch them feed all around you! This experience must be booked on the day of your visit subject to availability, weather and circumstances. For more information call Guest Information on 01502 740291 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
5. Beach Retreat
There is nowhere more romantic than a deserted beach, and on The Suffolk Coast we have miles upon miles of them! Wrap yourselves up in layers of winter woollies, take something to sit on and pack up a picnic complete with a big flask of hot soup! Re-live your childhood by making your own fairy tale sandcastle, then carve your names into the sand before you leave…